Independent Living Center of Mobile
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INFORMATION AND REFERRAL:  ILC of Mobile provides information about severe disabilities and related issues and referrals to others who can provide additional information and services. This provides a network of disability information and services for our seven county service area. ADULT BASIC EDUCATION: The goal of this course is to increase the educational level of ILC consumers. This course has two separate levels: (A.) Remedial Education: includes basic counting and reading skills for consumers with developmental disabilities.  (B.) Basic Education:   provides increased education for students who are less than high school level. It includes civics, fractions and division, as well as English grammar. ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING:   The goal of this course is to provide ILC consumers with information and hands-on training in various life skills. The subjects covered in this course include cooking, sewing, money management, handling a bank account, health and proper diet. The class meets for two hours, one day a week. COMPUTER LITERACY COURSE: The students are instructed in the use of Microsoft operating systems. They learn the basics of Microsoft Office applications, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.  Students become proficient in the use of the mouse, keyboard, printers, and disk drives. In addition, students are encouraged to increase their typing ability by utilizing daily drills. Each student uses reinforcement exercises in the lab to enhance the skills they learn. (A.) Special needs software: students that require special needs software such as Screen reading, Dragon Natuaral Speaking etc. becomes proficient in the software that fits there needs.
PEER SUPPORT: This is one of the core services of the ILC movement. It involves the use of persons with various disability experiences who have successfully learned to cope with a disability. A Peer Supporter is able to share these experiences and information with others who find themselves in a similar situation. Peer Supporters can be persons with disabilities, family members and/or friends who have a desire to support others with similar issues and concerns. The Peer Supporter must participate in formal training and agree to work with, and communicate with, the coordinator of the program to ensure that all needs are met. ADVOCACY:   Referrals to legal organizations: recommendations to local businesses and governments regarding ADA issues and barrier reduction. This includes the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center, the Mayor's Advisory Commissionon the Disabled, and Mobile Area JOBS Team, affiliated with the Governors Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities. The ILC of Mobile works with the Mobile Fair Housing Center to insure that discriminatory acts are not being practiced when it comes to persons with disabilities buying, renting, or leasing a home or an apartment. This helps to break down social and physical barriers which keep people with severe disabilities from reaching life goals. HOUSING ASSISTANCE: The ILC is involved in two projects that relate to the acquisition of housing by people with disabilities:  Staff attends and promotes Fair Housing Awareness Programs.  The ILC Mobile also assists people with information on modification of housing to make it more accessible to people with disabilities. HOME MODIFICATION PROGRAM: Through a joint venture with the City of Mobile and Mobile County,the ILC is able to provide persons living within the city limits of Mobile and Mobile County, who havea limited income and a significant disability to make modifications and/or repairs to their homes in ways that would improve accessibility. VOLUNTEER AUXILIARY: The Independent Living Center of Mobile is constantly looking for special people who are willing to share their time, talents, and energy. Volunteers are an important part of the ILC. Areas in which they are utilized are: clerical, receptionist, tutors, social activities, Arts and Crafts Programs and fund raising activities. The Volunteer Auxiliary was established in 1991, and has been an integral part of the Center since that time. The Auxiliary has assisted with the purchase of needed equipment that assists the center to provide needed services to consumers in our area.  TRANSPORTATION: The Center provides transportation primarily for consumers attending classes and other programs at the ILC. However, whenever possible, medical or other appointments can be scheduled. The Center utilizes vans equipped with wheelchair lifts to assist consumers with transportation needs.  Staff will also assist individuals with information on other transportation resources in the area. DEAF/HARD OF HEARING SERVICES: ILC staff member works closely with deaf and hard of hearing consumers.  In collaboration with other agencies ILS has developed a deaf life skills program teaching various topics such as hygiene, etiquette, job interview skills, restaurant etiquette, etc.  In addition, staff are working with deaf/hard of hearing high school students with peer support, transition and training for Alabama Driver’s License.  Staff also advocate for use of ASL or Signed English for testing of deaf/hard or hearing consumers. YOUTH TRANSITION PROGRAM : The ILC aims to help the youth within the community to transition from high school to post-secondary educational options.  ILC staff assists consumers with other transitioning options as well, such as employment, IL skills, healthcare transitioning and community based living.  This program is ultimately designed to help youth transition into the community and become more independent and better self-advocates. SELF HELP/SELF ADVOCACY: The ILC sponsors a chapter of “People First”.  People First is an advocacy group for people with developmental disabilities.  The main focus is to make consumers aware of their rights, to train members in self advocacy and promote the philosophy that they are “people first” not a disabled person.  The ILC promotes self advocacy, systems advocacy and advocacy training through various groups.  “People 4 People” is a consumer advocacy committee that meets monthly to identify and work to resolve issues that affect people with disabilities in our community.  OUTREACH: Escambia County: Escambia County DHR Area Agency on Aging First Choice Hospice Covenant Hospice Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Poarch Creek Indians Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Choctaw County: Choctaw Community Development Center DAY HABILITATION PROGRAM: Young Adult Activity Program and the Prevocational Skills Training Programs are both a 12 month, 5 day per week program.  Services provided to these participants would include: Personal Care Day Habilitation Community Integration Medical Supplies Reimbursement Physical Therapy Specialized Nursing In- home Respite Occupational Therapy Speech-Language Therapy
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